Sunday, September 11, 2011

Beautiful Things


Lake near Tall Grass Prairie
Yesterday we took a drive through the Tall Grass Prairies that run through Oklahoma and Kansas.  It was such a strange day, weather wise.  There were blue skies, clouds, rain, rainbows and dust.  It seemed as though every couple of miles that we drove, we were under a different sky.  We would drive for a while, the car covered in dust, then a beautiful refreshing rain would come and wash away the dust, the dirt, the unclean.


Rainbow over Tall Grass Prairie
But at one point, as we were pulled off to the side of the road to take in a rainbow, buffalo walking right past the car, I was struck at the handiwork of God, untouched by man.  I thought I could have been standing in that exact spot 100 years ago, and it would have looked just the same as it does at this instant.  God's glory stretched from horizon to horizon, no matter which way I turned...just God and His creation, His handiwork.

Is it possible that every day, He is renewing me, making me untouched by this old world, by man, by sin?  Is there a place in me that corruption hasn't touched, is only clean and pure? 


Buffaloe on Tall Grass Prairie
Can I go to Him each day and get quiet long enough for Him to do His work in me?  Can I make time for the cleansing of of my soul?  As we drove along, the grasses and wildflowers on the side of the road once covered in hot tired dust, were washed by the rains, and the prairies and the buffalo looked fresh and full of life again.  God had His way on the prairie, yes, He had His way.  I had not one ounce of control over what touched His creation out there.  It felt holy, pure somehow.  I wanted to feel that on the inside.   I wanted my heart to be clean and new, untouched by sin and hurt.

As the sun began to set over the prairie and we headed for home, I sat in quiet wonder.  I am His creation as surely as the prairie, the buffalo, the rainbow.  He made me beautiful.  I have the chance for Him to make me more beautiful everyday.  As the sunset and the moon brought a perfect end to a perfect day, it was settled in my heart.  I will sit quiet, still and listening every day, inviting Him to make me new, make me clean, make me beautiful.  It won't matter what I did to get dirty yesterday, because today, I can be bathed in His love, pure and clean.


Sunset over the prairie

Brilliant evening sky


The Lord knows how bring an end to the day!



Moonlight over the prairie

Our pastor's son wrote a wonderful song called "Beautiful Things".  Click on the title and let the song minister to you.

To read other posts about "Beauty" visit my dear friend, Shanda's blog, A Pause on the Path.

From His Lap, (pure & clean)

28 comments:

  1. What a beautiful post with gorgeous pictures. I grew up in NE Oklahoma, so this made me a bit homesick.

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  2. Sue,
    Thank you for stopping by! I've been to the Tall Grass Prairie before, but yesterday, because of the skies, there was just a magic there. It was beautiful!
    Blessings,
    ~Erin

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  3. Such a beautiful and heart touching post.

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  4. Thank you so much. My heart was touched being able to see it all!
    ~Erin

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  5. I LOVE your pictures on this post. Just amazing. Fantastic and beautiful. Love the one with the rainbow. Thank you for your faithfulness to post! Love you, friend!
    Dianne

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  6. Aw...so beautiful. You need to link this up with my hop In Search of Beauty, if you get this before midnight. It is a weekend hop for photos.
    I never knew they had buffalo in OK!

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  7. Thank you, Dianne! I'm not as good of a photographer as your husband, but I'm getting there!
    I love you!
    ~Erin

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  8. Shanda,
    Thank you so much! Yes, we have buffalo in OK. I haven't been at home at all this weekend to visit blogs! I'm going to catch up this week! I just linked up with you hop! Thanks for the reminder!
    Blessings,
    ~Erin

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  9. HI Erin, I love the question you ask - Is it possible that every day, He is renewing me, making me untouched by this old world, by man, by sin? -What an awesome way of seeing out lives, our souls, changing from glory to glory.
    God bless
    Tracy

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  10. erin, your photos are amazing. the land and sky are so beautiful. it looks absolutely peaceful and calming. sounds like the perfect day to me. to be able to take in all around you...think...and be thankful.
    happy monday to you
    <3
    maria

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  11. I just love the song Beautiful Things. It was even more special when the Gungor Band came and sang it at our church. Great pix!

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  12. Tracy,
    I purposed in my heart, that night on the way home from the prairie to ask that question every day! Thank you for visiting!
    Blessings,
    ~Erin

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  13. Maria,
    I am so thankful. I'm thankful that I can be a vessel, almost untouched by man's hand, made beautiful by the Potter's hand!
    Have a wonderful day, Maria!!
    XO!
    ~Erin

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  14. Sandy,
    I'm so glad you got to see the Gungor Band in person. They are so inspiring. Michael Gungor is our pastor, Ed Gungor's son. They have the same heart!!
    Thank you for visiting!
    ~Erin

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  15. Love the pix! The message of begin brand new each day is so comforting and strengthening. Thanks, Erin!
    Blessings!
    Pam at www.2encourage.blogspot.com

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  16. Pam,
    Love that you stopped by! I take great comfort in knowing that everyday is a new start, if I just lay down the things from yesterday!
    Blessings,
    ~Erin

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  17. This was beautiful! I live in Missouri and I love it. The Midwest is home to some of the most brilliant landscapes that I have ever seen. :)

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  18. Beautiful thoughts and photos Erin :) I love the one with the rainbow and His renewal is also that beautiful. Blessings!

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  19. Casey,
    Thank you so much for stopping by!!! Yes, if you live in Missouri, you have seen the brilliant landscapes...God's untouched creation!
    Blessings,
    ~Erin

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  20. Heidie,
    Thanks so much for your kind words. God's handiwork was so magnificent, there was no way I could screw it up with my photos!! Isn't He awesome!?
    Blessings,
    ~Erin

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  21. Oh, Erin, this is majestic!
    I listened to the song, too. Beautiful!
    Susan

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  22. Thank you, Susan! I just wish you could have seen it. Next time you visit, we'll have to take you there!
    Love,
    ~Erin

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  23. Erin,

    I used to live in Kansas and in many ways think it was the most beautiful state. It was pure, untouched and stretched to the hand of God. You took back to that place in my childhood with this post. I felt the joy of a ten year old peering over fields of wheat which wave hello to the Creator throughout the day.

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  24. Shannon,
    I love to go to Kansas to visit the sunflower fields. There weren't any there this year, but I could sense God's handiwork in the corn and soy fields! The smell of the waving wheat is undescribable.
    Blessings,
    ~Erin

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  25. Your post reminded me of a song our children sing in church...
    ♫ Heavenly Father are you really there?
    And do you hear and answer every child's prayer? Some say that Heaven is far away,
    But I feel you close around me as I pray! ♫

    My 15 year old daughter made the insightful comment that 'if this world was not created by God, and it just happened, we wouldn't feel the closeness to God that we feel when we look at a tree or sunset or anything He made!'

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  26. Becky Jane,
    That was very perceptive of your daughter. What a powerful statement. That's a great little song for the kids at your church to sing.
    XO,
    ~Erin

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  27. This Post is amazing, I can never stop looking at how God's work is all around us.

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  28. Thank you, Jen. It was a wonderful, beautiful day. One of those days that I will keep with me for a long time!
    Blessings,
    ~Erin

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